pessimistic

[ pes-uh-mis-tik ]
/ ˌpɛs əˈmɪs tɪk /

adjective

pertaining to or characterized by pessimism or the tendency to expect only bad outcomes; gloomy; joyless; unhopeful: His pessimistic outlook kept him from applying for jobs for which he was perfectly qualified.

Nearby words

  1. peso,
  2. peso boliviano,
  3. pessary,
  4. pessimism,
  5. pessimist,
  6. pessoa,
  7. pest,
  8. pest house,
  9. pestalozzi,
  10. pestalozzi, johann heinrich

Origin of pessimistic

First recorded in 1865–70; pessimist + -ic

Related forms

Synonym study

See cynical.

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Word Origin and History for pessimistic

pessimistic

adj.

1866, from pessimist + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper